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What are working conditions like for GPs in Australia?

Doctors from all over the world are lining up to work in Australia, attracted by its superior working conditions.

The pay is often better too – especially for UK doctors.

Incredibly, some junior doctors in the UK barely earn more than fast food workers.

But higher wages in Australia tells only part of the story.

It also boasts superior working conditions for GPs, an easy going way of life and sunnier, warmer climate.

It’s not difficult to see why Australia has become such a popular destination for doctors to live and work.

Let’s take a closer look at the reasons why.

Competitive remuneration

Earnings for Australian GPs vary dramatically depending on location and hours worked.

Most GPs in Australia earn somewhere between $200,000 and $350,000.

The Australian Tax Office reported the average wage in 2019-20 for non-specialists was $232,903.

However most VR GPs (vocationally registered) will earn more than $300,000 annually.

Due to doctor shortages, earning ability typically rises in rural and remote areas.

It’s where GPs really become a part of the community and make even greater connections with their patients.

Junior doctors in Australia generally earn double what they earn in England. 

High demand

Australia is experiencing a GP shortage, hence the higher demand for doctors and the salaries which may be commanded.

GPs are the first point of contact for most people seeking healthcare in Australia.

When there aren’t enough appointments available, it puts pressure on other areas of the healthcare system.

That includes emergency departments which are already overrun.

Increased life expectancy and declining fertility rates have lead to an ageing population in Australia.

By 2020, 16 per cent of the country was over the age of 65.

Work-life balance

Doctors in Australia tend to work fewer hours than those in many parts of the world, including the UK.

Most Australian GPs work between 35-38 hours per week.

While there is scope to work longer hours, there is a great emphasis placed on achieving a work-life balance in the Australian healthcare system.

The desire to avoid doctor burnout is recognised more than ever after the challenges of the pandemic.

Many Australian doctors have the ability to tailor their work schedule around their personal lives.

Scope of practice

GPs in Australia enjoy a wide scope of practice and greater autonomy than many other doctors around the world.

This allows them to diagnose, treat and manage a vast range of medical conditions, giving them the ability to make a positive impact on their patients’ lives.

This in turn gives them a greater sense of relevance and leads to significantly higher levels of job satisfaction.

Better facilities

Australia boasts world class medical facilities and prides itself on employing the latest technologies throughout the land.

This is especially the case in the major cities and larger regional posts.

It allows doctors to enjoy superior working conditions and offer patients a greater level of care, leading to significantly better outcomes.

It also improves the overall experience for both doctors and their patients.

Career growth opportunities

Medicine advances rapidly as new technologies emerge and discoveries are made.

Doctors in Australia are actively encouraged to keep abreast of the latest trends by furthering their education, continuing their training, enhancing their skills and attending conferences to improve their knowledge.

This enables them to maintain their professional development and offer their patients the very latest advice and care.

It also allow them to remain at the forefront of their profession.

Telehealth services

The rollout and adoption of Telehealth services has grown rapidly in Australia, advanced quickly by the need for such during the pandemic.

They offer GPs the chance to consult remotely via video conference, allowing them to see patients who:

  • may be ill-advised to be consulted in person because of illness
  • unable to travel to doctors’ rooms
  • wish to remain at home out of convenience.

This in turn allows doctors to expand their patient base and the number of consultations they can make in any given week.

Supportive medical community

Australia’s medical community has a reputation for its collegiality and supportiveness.

This is particularly important for new doctors in the system, both locally and from overseas.

Doctors in Australia have the opportunity and are encouraged to collaborate with specialists, nurses and allied healthcare professionals.

This allows for a more comprehensive level of care for patients and better results.

Stable healthcare system

GPs can arrive in Australia knowing they will be supported by a stable healthcare system that not just wants them but values them.

The widely subscribed user-pays private system takes the pressure off the government-backed public system.

GPs also have the opportunity to set their own fees in Australia by adding a “gap fee” to the standard cost of a doctor’s visit, as set by Medicare.

It averts the chance of a doctor’s strike for better pay, as has been experienced recently in the UK.

Australian lifestyle

If you needed any further incentive to work in Australia, its standard of living should do the trick.

Australia’s bustling capital cities offer everything you could wish for in terms of modern conveniences, recreation, nightlife, restaurants, the arts and sport.

They are littered with green parks full of wide, open spaces with literally just a handful of kilometres separating clean mountain air from sprawling, sunlit beaches.

If it’s peace and quiet you prefer, you’ll find no shortage of it in Australia’s sparse outback with jobs for doctors in rural regions in even higher demand.

Australia enjoys tropical conditions in its north and a mediterranean climate in the south, producing hot or humid summers and mild winters.

Contact HRA today

Whether you are feeling underpaid, under-appreciated or just tired of working in sub-standard conditions with ageing and outdated equipment, the time is right to consider a change.

Living and working in Australia might just be the best decision you ever make.

The opportunities are there for you to experience better working conditions with superior facilities and earn more money on a time schedule that works for you.

And you’ll be doing it all in a country where the sky is your only limit.

If you’re eager to learn more about working in Australia, why not contact Health Recruitment Australia.

HRA is a recruitment agency dedicated to matching overseas doctors of all ages with the right clinics in Australia.

The significant GP shortage in Australia has opened up multiple opportunities for doctors keen to make the move.

The financial rewards and quality of life are what draws so many overseas healthcare professionals to Australian shores with conditions far superior to what they are used to in the UK, Ireland and throughout Asia.

Why not start with an informal, no-obligation discussion with the experienced team at Health Recruitment Australia? Contact us.

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